EXPLORE THE PRISTINE PEARL OF THE PACIFIC
Just six miles long and two miles wide, what Bora Bora might lack in size it makes up for in overwhelming “no-you’re-not-dreaming” natural beauty. To put it accurately, ancient Tahitians called the island “Pora pora mai te pora,” or “created by the gods.”
Bora Bora’s warm waters, lagoons, and bright white sands circle two rainforest-covered, majestic interior peaks—Mount Pahia and Otemanu—which stretch over 2,385 feet skyward. Glance in any direction, from any location, and be treated to perfectly picturesque tropical scenery of lush jungle canopy and aquamarine seas.
For a deep discovery of Bora Bora, be sure to dive in to some of the best snorkeling and scuba in the Pacific and mingle with dolphins, (friendly) sharks and rays, and coral gardens, or take a scenic jet ski cruise through the surrounding islets.
If you’re seeking some retail therapy, shop for brightly-colored Polynesian silk wraps in every style imaginable, or fine jewelry made with rare gems like the dazzling Tahitian black pearl, which the region is famous for.
To refuel, visit one of many laid-back cafes dotting the main island between Vaitape and Matira Beach, where seafood naturally dominates the culinary scene. Poisson cru, a healthy (but delicious) dish of tuna marinated in lime and coconut is a must-try local favorite.
Swim with a certified diver to meet the (friendly) sharks, turtles, rays and many colorful fish that call this natural lagoon-turned-aquarium home. Not into diving? Hop aboard a small submarine for an immersive and up-close encounter with Bora Bora’s incredible marine life.
Surprisingly Bora Bora’s only large beach, Matira Beach straddles each side of Matira Point, a peninsula stretching south into the lagoon. While it lacks ideal snorkelling, it’s one of the most pristine and perfect sunbathing and swimming sites on the island.
Nestled among palm trees on the western shore of the main island, savor succulent local seafood and delicious cocktails in Bora Bora’s most famous restaurant. Peruse the board of past celebrity patrons when entering, and take a post-meal stroll on the boardwalk for the perfect sunset shot.